Responsible travelling is travelling with an awareness that we all have an effect on the people, economy, and nature of the places we visit.
Since the outbreak of coronavirus, more and more people have headed into the wilderness as a way to get out, be active, and have fun which is amazing since nature has so many positive effects on people's health. However, when moving in nature we should also take into consideration the health and wellbeing of precious mother nature.
Slowing down and living simply in the wild doesn’t mean living without responsibilities – the responsibilities change when living as one with nature outside of urban civilisation. Without running water, sanitation facilities, washing machines, and other modern everyday luxuries, the basic human needs (e.g. water, warmth, rest, security) in the lowest level of Maslow’s hierarchy becomes everyday work and items of the daily to do list.
To keep the delicate balance and conserve the natural heritage, we must give back as much as we take. An effective way is to start by being a responsible traveller and visitor when in the wilderness, be it a national park or a nature reserve. Responsible travelling is travelling with an awareness that we all have an effect on the people, economy, and nature of the places we visit.
Here are a few simple practices to start with.
The ecological, economical, and socio-cultural aspects [4, 5]
1. Ecological aspect:
3. Socio-cultural aspect:
We, as travellers and inhabitants of Earth, have the power to shape the world we explore, and the responsibility to shape it for good so that the future generations in the long run can enjoy the same natural wonders that we do. We think that travelling responsibly doesn’t just have positive effects on the nature and culture of your destination; it also gives the traveller a much more authentic and fulfilling experience.
To get back to where we began, travelling, or just spending time in nature, reminds us of how vital it is to slow down, take the time to observe our surroundings, and to incorporate these principles into our daily lives as well. We are in this for the long run, and we move forward on our terms and speed - no matter how hard it is at times to not compare our lives with someone else’s on Instagram. This - slowing down and noticing the simple beauties in daily life - is something we want to remember this autumn, and we hope this gives you some inspiration to do the same.
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 Sadhguru. (2016). Inner Engineering – A Yogi’s Guide To Joy.
 Sinimalism blog. Exotic travels vs. Proximity tourism – Can we get the same wanderlust vibes nearby? Available at: https://sinimalism.com/exotic-destination-proximity-tourism/
 Sinimalism blog. How to hike responsibly- 10 responsible hiking tips. Available at: https://sinimalism.com/ecotourism-responsible-hiking-tips/
 UNWTO. Sustainable development. Available at: https://www.unwto.org/sustainable-development
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